Santa Rosa, California Buyers, Rent vs. Own Scenarios as explained on the Real Estate Hour, January 31, 2010.

In Sonoma County, California Buyers should read these two Rent vs. Own scenarios:   Chart #1 shows two options for a $300,000 home. Option #1 shows the comparison between an $1750.00 a month rental vs. the “after tax savings” payment for a $300,000 home with 10% down. Option #2, same home with 20% down. Chart #2 shows two options for a $350,000 home. option #1 shows the comparison between an $1850.00 month rental vs the “after tax savings” payment for a $350,000  home with a 3.5% down FHA loan. Option #2, same home with 5% down payment. You should speak to your tax professional for your individual tax savings. For any questions or a more personalized scenario, don’t hesitate to call Allison @ 707-799-3617

Allison’s “Road Map” to your new Sonoma County,California Home!

BestExteriorshotTHE ROAD MAP TO YOUR HOME! Click on  “Home Search Criteria” form. Print this out and keep reading below!

NARROWING THE SEARCH–“If you don’t know where you’re going … you’ll probably end up somewhere else.” Taken from a book title, this quote conveys a very simple message: To achieve an objective, create a plan! Continue reading Allison’s “Road Map” to your new Sonoma County,California Home!

Sonoma County, California Country Property Buyers, Sellers and Homeowner’s


Dreading dealing with the County of Sonoma over permit issues, septic system or non-permitted, non-conforming buildings or structures? Take heart! Here are two highly regarded professionals who can save you Stress, Time and Money! 

 Tom Havstad– Permit Consulting Services, Plans for Residential Projects 12651 Fiori Lane, Sebastopol, CA 95472 License #329456 phone/fax: (707) 874-2078 cell: (707) 695-0857 email: website:

If you considering tackling a tough non-conforming permit issue or major remodel or redesign of an older structure, give Tom a call and he can steer you through the maze which is the county permit resource management division. Or he can take on the entire project for you. He can take an old building, draw plans, submit to the County and generally run interference and interpret what will be required by the PRMD (Permit Resource Management Division) of Sonoma County. Worth his weight in a stress free life for you!

Mike Treinen-Onsite Wastewater4910 Hayfield Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95404-9550(707) 526-0872‎ Inspections Designs Consultations, Over 25 Years Experience –

  Buying a home with an existing septic system? Want to add on to the residence? Wonder where your leach lines are? Will your new barn site be on TOP of the existing septic? Better call Mike today! He’s been a trusted inspector of systems here in Sonoma County for years!     Products and Services: Consultations, Designs, Environmental Health Specialist # 3826, Inspections

A cool concept in lodging is catching on…

As reported in the Press Democrat on Sunday. “Renting Rooms To Travelers”. Visit the website  Need extra money, rent a room nightly to travelers….need cheap lodging and immersion in the local scene, rent a room from a local resident when you travel…great idea! Now..if I could only find the time to travel ;-/ 

 Cardigan, United Kingdom $35/night
Cardigan, United Kingdom $35/night


New email is catching on. We love to answer your questions….keep ’em coming.


When Mike and I meet with new clients we want them to be completely comfortable with the whole process of buying and/or selling a home. One of the first things we tell them is that there is no such thing as a dumb question in real estate.  So, when creating an email for our Radio Show listeners, we didn’t have to search very far for the name;   We love to answer your questions…. It keeps us on our toes 😉 So, bring on those questions you’ve been afraid to ask (we promise not to laugh….or roll our eyes)  because there really are no dumb questions.

When Life Hands You Lemons…..Clean the House ??

Lemons are NOT just for Lemonade. Lemons offer multiple purposes around the home and are perfect for green cleaning solutions! Lemons are great to use as cleaning agents because they have an anti-bacterial effect and are thought to contain antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties.

If you are the DIY’er and like to make your own green cleaners, here are 5 uses for lemon to try the next time your ready to freshen-up the house!
  • Microwave cleaning- Have stains or odors in the microwave? Heat a bowl of water and lemon slices in your microwave for 1 minute; then wipe out. Stains will be easier to remove and old food odors neutralized.
  • Toilet cleaning- Mix 1/2 cup borax and a cup of lemon juice for a toilet cleaner that will leave the toilet cleaning and smelling fresh.
  • Glass cleaning- Mix 4 tablespoons of lemon juice with half a gallon of water to make an effective green window cleaner.
  • Fridge cleaning- Half of lemon stored in the refrigerator will help control unpleasant smells.
  • Kitchen drains- Hot lemon juice and baking soda is a good drain cleaner that is safe to use in septic systems. If you have a garbage disposal, toss in some lemon peels occasionally  to keep it smelling fresh.

Sonoma County Sales Data is IN!! December 09–Normal Market Surging! REO’s DOWN!

Santa Rosa, California–Sales Data for Sonoma County Homeowners and Sellers now available at THIS LINK!  You’ll be at my cool site called “” which allows for you to see all the files and information gleaned form our Radio Show. On this site you’ll be able to see the 2 year sales data for Sonoma County plus my paper I write each month with my opinions of the data. The interpretation I bring is based on my day to day empirical data plus 30+ years of experience in the Sonoma County marketplace. Enjoy!

10 tips to keep your remodeling project on the right track

If you have ever done any home remodelling you know all about the headaches, stress and possible marital discourse that can result from the chaos. The last thing you need is an added “issue” with your contractor.

The following is a great list of suggestions from the League of California Homeowners that should help.

  1. Hire only licensed contractors! Check the contractor’s license number by calling the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) at (800) 321-2752. If you have Internet access, you can check out a license and visit the CSLB at:
  2. Hire insured contractors! Always insist upon Continue reading 10 tips to keep your remodeling project on the right track

California Battered by Rain-Sonoma County Neighbors! Here’s WHERE to get SandBags!

In California MORE RAIN forecast! Sonoma County neighbors; If flood waters are lapping at your door, here are a few locations offering FREE sandbags. City of Santa Rosa Municipal Building 55 Stony Point Rd. , Forestville Fire Station, and Friedmans Home Improvement. Stay safe and dry.

  Mike here–having grown up in Guerneville during some of the great floods, one great lesson I learned when looking at homes up in my old home town–NEVER buy a home under a Redwood Tree with a big brown stain ring about 20 feet up! Yes, it floods!